Asphyxia is an artist, circus performer, puppeteer and writer. She is also deaf. Her name is unusual, but she is an unusual person!
Asphyxia grew up in Melbourne surrounded by an unruly mob of brothers, sisters and cousins. As one of the eldest, she took it upon herself to direct everyone in elaborate games about witches, faeries, pixies, goblins and evil characters. She wrote her first book at twelve and entered it in the St Kilda Writers' Festival competition, where it won first prize. Since then, she has been a ballerina, a circus performer, a puppeteer, and a creator of her own theatrical productions, where she tells stories physically and with sign language. The Grimstones - Hatched and Mortimer Revealed have toured around Australia and overseas to great acclaim. The Grimstones books are based on these shows. For more information about Asphyxia, visit thegrimstones.com
Published: September 2020
Future Girl explores what it means to come of age as a Deaf teenager, against the backdrop of a near-future Melbourne on the brink of environmental catastrophe.
Published: June 2015
Meet Martha Grimstone, a girl trying to find her own special talent in the world, in this collection of sweet gothic fairytales told in a collage of words, photos and drawings.
Published: November 2013
The fourth magnificent adventure for Martha Grimstone. Martha moves to the city to board with Lady Stirling and attend the Queen's Music Academy, but will music school hold the answers she seeks?
Published: December 2012
In this third magnificent adventure for Martha Grimstone, Martha decides to use her fledgling magic to control a whirlwind, but she ends up with too many rabbits instead. Can she find a way to turn the rabbit fur into something useful?
Published: April 2012
The second magnificent adventure for Martha Grimstone. Discover the secrets that lie in Mortimer's crypt, in this sweetly gothic fairytale told in a collage of words, photos and drawings.